The details below provide information on the financial support that is available for ITE courses at the University of Birmingham in the 2016/17 academic year.
Tuition fee loans
All UK and EU students (except those on SKE courses) are eligible to take out a Tuition Fee Loan from the Student Loans Company (SLC) to cover their tuition fee of £9,000 for the academic year 2016/17. This will need to be repaid after graduation, but only once you are in work and earning over £21,000 per year.
UK students should apply to their appropriate regional funding agency for the Tuition Fee Loan at the same time as applying for other statutory support.
EU students wishing to apply for the Tuition Fee Loan can download a copy of the application form from the gov.uk website. For more information contact the Student Finance Services EU team on 0141 243 3570.
Maintenance loans and grants
UK students only (except those on SKE courses) are eligible to apply for a Maintenance Loan, if required, of up to £8,200 (if living away from home and outside of London) to cover general living costs.
Applications are assessed by your appropriate regional funding agency and supplementary grants (e.g. Parents Learning Allowance, Childcare Grant, Disabled Students’ Allowances, etc) may also be available to you.
UK and EU ITE students may be eligible for a training bursary (or a scholarship) of up to £30,000 from the National College for Teaching and Leadership or its related scholarship organisations. Students on a SKE course may be eligible for a basic bursary of £115 per week - and an additional discretionary hardship bursary of up to £85 per week in exceptional cases. The latter is intended to cover additional costs that a small number of trainees may incur, such as childcare, excessive travel and other substantial household expenses. All applications for this part of the bursary will be means-tested and therefore not all will be successful.
Full details about all our bursaries will be sent to you immediately prior to the start of your course.
If you are eligible, the University will pay the NCTL bursary or SKE basic/discretionary bursary to you on a monthly basis during your course. It will not be subject to income tax.
The National College for Teaching and Leadership provide comprehensive details of these schemes.
Hockerill Educational Foundation grants
The Hockerill Educational Foundation invites applications for grants (usually worth £500 - £1000 per year) to teacher training students who have particular financial difficulties.
Students training to teach Religious Education are their highest priority, but they can also help students in other areas, particularly primary education students. If you think you may be eligible, you should apply now for a grant for the academic year 2016/17. Applications received by 31 March 2016 have priority, but they will consider applications received during April/May and June/July if funds are still available.
To request an application form and guidance email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Association of Church College Trusts
Trainees in secondary Religious Education are eligible to apply to one of the Church College Trusts for a grant towards course expenses or living expenses. Candidates can check www.cstg.org.uk/acct for further details of the trusts and foundations to which they can apply.
International students are not eligible for Tuition Fee Loans, Maintenance Loans or training bursaries. In exceptional circumstances, they may be eligible for a Hockerill Educational Foundation grant.
For the most up-to-date information, please refer to www.getintoteaching.education.gov.uk or contact the Department for Education directly on 0800 389 2500.